The “Diversity” Steele Really Brings Republicans

2 02 2009

From Jeff Sharlet’s Revealer site for religious journalism (and he’s right — I haven’t heard this interesting fact anywhere else):

RNC Religion
02 February 2009
Michael Steele, new Republican National Committee chairman, is African-American; he’s also a serious Roman Catholic who spent three years studying for the priesthood. The former fact is front and center in mainstream coverage of Steele and his new job; the latter is mostly missing. . .

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3 02 2009
JJ

Btw here’s a new five-part blog series on “atheisms” that Pastafarians and Hitchens haters alike will find provocative. (Not sure Steele would even understand a lot of it.)

“The League of Ordinary Gentlemen is a group blog that hopes to bring a new style and sensibility to blogging. The contributing writers hail from various points along the political spectrum, but all hold a deep and abiding commitment to the exploration of ideas outside the foray of rhetorical and ideological cul de sacs. The entries are less posts than they are dialogues with an aim towards sustained discussion on topics and issues that lay at the foundations of our lives. This approach, we hope, will provide readers with a thoughtful and searching alternative analysis.

Plus, we think the name is pretty cool… and bowler hats never go out of style.”

3 02 2009
JJ

Maybe you prefer religion not as academic debate but as human experience, power of story — story so powerful it not only illuminates but can help us humans of our own volition alter (not altar!) human reality for ourselves and others.

Republicans traditionally have wielded religious power of story more powerfully than Dems, but that might be changing. . . As Catholic devotee and new top dog R, Michael Steele seems to be sticking to the old testament tales rather than reinterpreting them as new enlightenment. So he likely hasn’t, but did you see the movie Groundhog Day at least once, and preferably over and over again, seeing new things in it each time? And in so doing, did you notice its deeper — and deeply Buddhist — power of story?
Also from the Revealer :

Groundhog Day, AGAIN

“. . .no one attains enlightenment until we all do—we are bound together in the quest.”

(For more rabbit holes and a homeschooling trampoline on which you can bounce in and out of them, try typing “religion power of story” into snook’s search box.)

3 02 2009
writestuff444

Ahh, I love Groundhog Day. I don’t buy many movies, but we always watch this about this time of year. I felt the power of story the very first time I watched it..this one and The Fisher King with Robin Williams. which for my Christian faith, is very much about redemption. I must watch movies tonight..

Buddha-Karma
Christian-redemption

same thing, different method, same effect..which for me is testament to the power of both story and religion to effect positive change in one human life..It’s the organized part of churchy religion that leads to less that postive change in society. There is a significant segment of the Christian population that is moving away from this large build a big church and moving toward individual seeking for that Groundhog Day type of redemptive power.

3 02 2009
writestuff444

And this article by Christopher Dierkes on your League site, is the best summation of the problems around Roe Vs. Wade and the idealogical battle over abortion rights between left and right..I have ever read! http://www.ordinary-gentlemen.com/author/cdierkes/ Love this site, JJ, Thanks for posting it.

3 02 2009
JJ

Note to all —
Betty’s Groundhog Day post is beautiful. 🙂

3 02 2009
writestuff444

Kudos from JJ..always a good thing. Thanks my friend.

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